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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Housing Executive

You have to pay rent to your landlord. You may be able to get help from benefits to pay this if you are on a low income. 

The Housing Executive and housing associations should only evict you if all other ways of solving a problem have failed. They have to follow the right process. This process depends on whether you've been a tenant for more or less than a year. 

Housing Executive tenants have rights which are set out in law. You are an introductory tenant for the first year of your tenancy. After 12 months you’ll become a secure tenant. Secure tenants have stronger rights than introductory tenants.

The bedroom tax reduces how much help you get towards your rent if your home has too many rooms and you rent from the Housing Executive or a housing association. 

The proper name for this policy is the 'social sector size criteria', but most people call it the bedroom tax. 

Housing benefit can help some people to pay their rent and rates. The government is replacing housing benefit with Universal Credit. Most people who need to claim help to pay rent for the first time will claim Universal Credit instead of housing benefit. 

You can only make a new claim for housing benefit if you are of pension age or if you live in supported or temporary housing. 

The Housing Executive and housing associations should only evict tenants as a last resort. These landlords will usually only start legal action to evict if other ways of sorting out any problems have failed.

The law gives Housing Executive certain rights. These rights will usually be summarised in your tenancy agreement and your tenant's handbook.

The bedroom tax is a policy that cuts the amount of help you get to pay rent if you have too many bedrooms. 

You should get an extra payment if you're affected by the bedroom tax in Northern Ireland. This is called a welfare supplementary payment. 

You may be able to challenge or appeal a housing benefit decision if you think it is wrong or unfair. This can be a complicated process so it's best to get help from an advice agency.

Know what your rights are if you rent your home from the Housing Executive or housing association but can't continue living with your partner.

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